Impact of obesity in the critically ill trauma patient: a prospective study.

@article{Bochicchio2006ImpactOO,
  title={Impact of obesity in the critically ill trauma patient: a prospective study.},
  author={Grant V. Bochicchio and Manjari Joshi and Kelly M. Bochicchio and Shelly Nehman and J. Kathleen Tracy and Thomas M. Scalea},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2006},
  volume={203 4},
  pages={533-8}
}
BACKGROUND Obesity has risen at an epidemic rate over the past 20 years in the US. To our knowledge, there is an absence of data evaluating the impact of obesity in the critically ill trauma patient. METHODS Prospective data were collected on 1,167 patients admitted to the ICU over a 2-year period. Obesity was defined as a body mass index (calculated as weight [kg]/height [m(2)]) of 30 or higher. Outcomes analyzed included infection rate, hospital and ICU length of stay, and mortality… CONTINUE READING
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